While strong families dominated European politics and culture in the late sixteenth century, it was powerful individual kings who controlled society in the first half of the sixteenth century. Maximilian I of Germany, Louis XII of France and Henry VII of England represented the allpowerful national heroes of their dominions. “Triumph of Julius Ceasar” by Mantegna represents one version of “official” occasions for display of power, wealth, and loyalty. Albrecht Durer’s engraving of Maximilian’s triumphal car does the same thing.
Obviously, there is not only a wealth of information on Rennaissance celebrations, there are many paintings of fairs, weddings, christenings and other fesitivities. The intent of this unit has been to connect disciplines and experiences through the holidays. What follows is a list of additional activities which may be used as culminating experiences involving English, art (visual and drama) and history classes.